The terracotta figures at the tomb of emperor JingDi included horses, pigs, goats and dogs

The terracotta figures at the tomb of emperor JingDi included horses, pigs, goats and dogs

 The Tomb of Emperor Jingdi

Today we got another driver, a colleague of our driver the day before, to take us to the terracotta tomb pit of emperor JingDi. It was on the way to the airport we were leaving from later on so it made sense to save it for this day. It was much less crowded making it easier to enjoy and the best part was you could walk on glass over the top of the terracotta figures and see them all quite close up. They were much smaller than Terracotta Warriors and included pigs, dogs, chickens, goats and horses. There were also women warriors and eunuchs.

You could walk on glass over the top of the terracotta figures

You could walk on glass over the top of the terracotta figures

Chinese cinema

While we were there we bumped into our driver from the day before, and also watched an interesting ‘movie’ on the culture and history, which had some unexpectedly impressive hologram type projections of actors moving over a miniature theatre stage. Sadly the audio translation was quite difficult to hear, but it was a bonus to actually have a translation at all!

After this we went straight to Xi’an north airport to fly to Guilin. Our flight left at 8pm so we got to the airport in good time at 6.30pm. We got a nice big bowl of noodle soup and a beer from a restaurant near the departure lounge and got straight on the plane. Easy peasy. One way to choose restaurants we found was to see if there are any Westerners there already. We saw another Western couple there, so decided it was safe to give it a go!

Happy arrivals

The flight was 2.5 hours and there was a slight delay getting on the runway. The hotel had a driver meet us in the airport and take us to the Moondance Boutique Resort near Yangshuo which took 1.5 hours. We finally arrived at 11.30pm, feeling pretty tired. The night guard let us in and handed us a lovely welcome note which had been left for us. It told us what time to get breakfast and some other helpful information; all very thoughtful and a perfect welcome to Yangshuo.